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New for 2020

Expeditions Program

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Join us this summer for an action-packed week like no other! Top-notch instruction by some of Falling Creek’s most skilled staff in our popular adventure activities. Participants must meet specified skill criteria for each trip. Expeditions are Sunday through Friday, and will begin and end at Falling Creek Camp. These off-campus trips will take place on some of the most scenic rocks, rivers, and trails in the Southeast!

Trips are limited to 12 participants, grades 6-11 (based on 2019-20 school year). The STEEL Leadership Expedition is for young men who have just completed 11th grade. In today’s world, spending time with friends while enjoying outdoor adventure is more important than ever!

2020 Falling Creek Expeditions

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Multi-Sport Expeditions Grades Dates Tuition
Beginner Multi-Sport 1 6-11 Sun, July 12 to Fri, July 17, 2020 (6 Days) $1700 Registration Closed
Beginner Multi-Sport 2 6-11 Sun, July 19 to Fri, July 24, 2020 (6 Days) $1700 Registration Closed
Beginner Multi-Sport 3 6-11 Sun, July 26 to Fri, July 31, 2020 (6 Days) $1700
STEEL Leadership Expedition 11 Sun, July 19 to Fri, July 24, 2020 (6 Days) $1700 Registration Closed

Grade denotes the ‘19-’20 school year.

Paddling Expeditions Grades Dates Tuition
Intermediate Paddling 1 6-11 Sun, July 12 to Fri, July 17, 2020 (6 Days) $1700 Registration Closed
Intermediate Paddling 2 6-11 Sun, July 19 to Fri, July 24, 2020 (6 Days) $1700 Registration Closed
Advanced Paddling 6-11 Sun, July 26 to Fri, July 31, 2020 (6 Days) $1700

Grade denotes the ‘19-’20 school year.

Mountain Biking Expeditions Grades Dates Tuition
Intermediate Mountain Biking 1 6-11 Sun, July 12 to Fri, July 17, 2020 (6 Days) $1700 Registration Closed
Intermediate Mountain Biking 2 6-11 Sun, July 19 to Fri, July 24, 2020 (6 Days) $1700 Registration Closed
Advanced Mountain Biking 6-11 Sun, July 26 to Fri, July 31, 2020 (6 Days) $1700

Grade denotes the ‘19-’20 school year.

Climbing Expeditions Grades Dates Tuition
Intermediate Climbing 1 6-11 Sun, July 12 to Fri, July 17, 2020 (6 Days) $1700 Registration Closed
Advanced Climbing 6-11 Sun, July 26 to Fri, July 31, 2020 (6 Days) $1700

Grade denotes the ‘19-’20 school year.

Backpacking Expeditions Grades Dates Tuition
Backpacking 1 6-11 Sun, July 12 to Fri, July 17, 2020 (6 Days) $1700 Registration Closed
Backpacking 3 6-11 Sun, July 26 to Fri, July 31, 2020 (6 Days) $1700

Grade denotes the ‘19-’20 school year.

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Paddling

Intermediate Description

This trip will start with a warm-up day to make sure everyone still has a solid roll and remembers river signals. After that, we’ll spend the rest of the week paddling numerous Class III rivers in North Carolina and Tennessee, taking time to hone in on our river running and playboating skills.

Intermediate Qualifications

Generally a “Challenger” in the FCC Paddling Progression levels. Have paddled rivers like the Nantahala or French Broad 9 in a kayak or OC1.

Advanced Description

This trip will start with a warm-up day on a local Class III river. Once we have dusted off the cobwebs we will start playboating and waterfall running our way around the Southeast! This trip is planning to paddle a different river each day!

Advanced Qualifications

Generally a “Ranger” or above in the FCC Paddling Progression levels. Have participated in trips like Little or Big Skita, or paddled the Pigeon River successfully in a kayak.

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Climbing

Intermediate Description

We will take the first day of this Expedition to refresh our skills with belaying, rappelling and multi-pitch tactics. Once we’ve had some time to practice, we will spend the rest of the Expedition putting this knowledge to the test as we climb the wonderful granite domes of Western North Carolina!

Intermediate Qualifications

Generally a “Challenger” in the FCC Rock Climbing Progression levels. Prior participation in trips like Gil 2, Cedar, or Looking Glass trips.

Advanced Description

This trip will head to the High Country and start climbing! Once our home base is set up, we will spend time climbing some of the classic North Carolina routes. This region of NC is home to wonderful views, great climbing, and more route options than we could climb in a lifetime! As the campers are ready, they will begin lead climbing - first on sport routes, then moving over to traditionally protected routes. If the stars are aligned, this group might even get to do a wonderful moonlit climb!

Advanced Qualifications

Generally a “Ranger” or above in the FCC Rock Climbing Progression levels. Participated in trips like Looking Glass, Linville, Red River Gorge, or Obed trips in prior summers.

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Mountain Biking

Intermediate Description

This trip is planning on riding at three classic ride centers in the southeast. Each ride center will feature a different style of riding. Along the way, we will work on bunny-hopping, wheelies, cornering, and basic trailside bike maintenance. Most days we will ride between 7-15 miles, almost entirely on single track.

Intermediate Qualifications

Generally a “Challenger” in the FCC Mountain Biking Progression levels. This camper has been on numerous in-camp rides, Dupont, and Tsali mountain biking trips.

Advanced Description

This trip will be based out of Brevard, NC, which is home to Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Recreational Forest. Pisgah is famous for the roots, rocks, and riding. The untamed web of trails makes Pisgah a bucket list destination for any rider. Dupont is just as famous, but known more for it’s smooth and flowy trail system. We will spend time riding slickrock trails, finding numerous waterfalls, and enjoying some of the best flow in the Southeast!

Advanced Qualifications

Generally a “Ranger” or above in the FCC Mountain Biking Progression levels. Participation on multi-day trips, and ridden trails in places like Dupont, Pisgah, and Rocky Knob.

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Backpacking

Description/ Qualifications

This trip will be a multi-day hike over mountainous terrain covering 5-10 miles per day. The trip will include hiking across 6000 ft ridges, views of waterfalls, and expansive Western North Carolina views. The ideal camper would want to sleep under the stars, and travel via backpack during the course of the expedition.

Beginner Multi-Sport

Description/ Qualifications

This trip will focus on providing the camper with introductory adventures ranging from multi-day lake paddling trips, to single day adventures mountain biking, rock climbing and summit bagging. Participants will need to be Gold Swimmers, or an equivalent skill level.

STEEL Leadership Expedition

Description

This weeklong expedition off-property is true to Falling Creek’s core purpose of developing young men of character who can thrive as leaders in their communities. Like the traditional STEEL (Summer Training Encouraging Emerging Leaders) Program, this is for former FCC campers and new participants who have completed 11th grade.

The group will work on effective communication, risk management, and decision making as they take turns organizing meals and leading different aspects of the journey. The week is also designed for fun as participants embrace new challenges and reconnect with lifelong camp friends! The trip will be multifaceted and customized based on the interest of the group. No technical skill in adventure sports is required. The expedition will begin and end at Falling Creek and take place off campus. Open to currently enrolled STEEL applicants and new participants.

Expedition FAQ

What is the order for Expeditions enrollment priority?

First priority will go to qualified campers who were enrolled for 2020 summer sessions.

Why are these options feasible, but regular camp sessions are not?

While the NC Governor is allowing overnight camps to operate within the three-phased opening of the state, the guidelines released by the state and the American Camp Association still preclude us from our traditional camp sessions. These new options allow us to operate with less people, and spread out over a greater area of outdoor space. This reduces risk and raises control, while maintaining the high standard of experience expected.

What extra measures will you be taking to prevent COVID-19?

We will be requiring both campers and staff to complete a pre-screening form during the 14 days prior to their Expedition, which includes tracking their temperature each day and an at-home test. Additionally, campers and staff will continue to record their temperature and symptoms daily during their Expeditions. Campers and staff will operate as a cohort in their small groups of 15 or less for the week. The risk of possible transmission is minimized due to small group sizes and interacting outdoors at all times. Please realize that campers and staff will be traveling from all different states to participate, and we cannot guarantee that there is no risk of contracting COVID-19. We will continue to use the guidelines of our local and state government, the Henderson County Health Department, the American Camp Association, and the CDC as a basis for our protocols. In addition to usual parent communication, we will also communicate with parents in the event that:

  • Your son is showing COVID-like symptoms that cannot be attributed to other illnesses.
  • Your son needs to be quarantined.
  • Another camper in your son’s Expedition has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Your son is being tested for COVID-19.

What if we need to cancel?

Tuition is fully refundable if notice of cancellation is received 14 days or more prior to the start of the Expedition. We have asked campers on the Waiting List to complete the 14-day screening form, so if a camper must relinquish their reservation for the health of everyone, another camper might meet the screening requirement and be available. If we are able to fill the spot, we will refund your payment. If we are unable to fill the spot, we will share the enrollment fee equally between camp and the family.

Why are there less options available for younger boys?

Based on our prior experience running expedition style programs, we’ve determined that 6th grade is the ideal age to start based on maturity and general activity skill levels. We will still be offering Father/Son Weekends in August and opening Family Camp registration with more information coming next week. Boys younger than 6th grade are welcome to join those Father/Son Weekends and upcoming Family Camps.

What if this was going to be my son’s first year at Falling Creek and he is interested in an Expedition?

Your son would be eligible for a Beginner Multi-Sport Expedition. If you feel your son may be qualified for another type of Expedition, contact us at .

Can the credit rolled over from this summer be used to pay for attending these new programs?

Expedition tuition is separate from any rollover and is due upon enrollment.

Can you explain what you mean by operating in “cohorts” on Expeditions?

Each Expedition group will be screened prior to arrival and operate in a closed small group, also referred to as a cohort or family unit. Once an entire trip group is screened on arrival day (see screening requirements and process in FAQ), we will not expect them to physically distance within their group or wear a face covering, except when traveling in a van or when in a public place, such as a restroom. We will be continuing to screen with daily temperature and symptom checks. Though Expeditions will be operating as cohorts, we will not be sharing any personal items.

How will you ensure proper hand-washing/sanitizing in the backcountry?

We will continue to ensure that hand-washing occurs throughout the day. Hand-washing will be required at meal times, and when tending to personal needs such as the bathroom or blowing your nose. When soap and water are not readily available on the river or trail, hand sanitizer will be used. Each evening, gear and equipment will be sprayed down and sanitized. Frequently touched surfaces and vans will be cleaned nightly. During mealtimes, utensils or gloved hands will be used for handling all food.

Will Expeditions be grouped by age or grade?

Like most of our activities and trips that campers participate in at Falling Creek, the Expeditions will be grouped by skill rather than age. Expeditions will be available for boys in Grades 6 - 11 for the 2019-20 school year.

What are the expectations when in public spaces or in the “front country”?

Any contact with the public will include appropriate physical distancing or wearing a face covering. Different Expeditions will not interact. Falling Creek counselors and directors who are not a part of each Expedition cohort will practice appropriate physical distancing and wear a face covering when interacting with all campers and camper families. We will not be using any 3rd party outfitters.

What sports are included in the multi-sport adventure?

These trips are targeted towards beginning skill levels in outdoor sports. The week includes rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, and lake canoeing. Campers must be on record with us as Gold Swimmers or provide written assurance of their skill.

Can my son do more than one Expedition?

The demand is high enough that we are only able to offer one Expedition per camper. The exception is for attending both the STEEL Leadership Expedition and one additional Expedition.

Can a boy younger than STEEL age participate in the STEEL Expedition program?

No, the STEEL program is a culmination of the camper experience, and is only available to former Falling Creek campers who are currently rising seniors in high school.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Campers may bring their own tents and hammocks to sleep in, provided they also have a rain tarp and follow our Hammock Policy. Otherwise, we will provide enough tents that sleep 3-4 people each.

Can campers bring their own gear?

Falling Creek will provide all the gear necessary to participate in the Expeditions. If a camper chooses to bring his own gear and lets us know (boat, bike, harness, etc.), that is fine.